Student Leadership Day 2013
For 7th & 8th Grade Students
LEARNING FROM THE PAST: BUILDING For THE FUTURE
Thursday, April 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
featured keynote speaker
During the Jim Crow era of American history, pioneering black athletes influenced the evolution of basketball. Bob Love dealt with segregation in the sport, and his greatness not only had an influence on the game, but contributed to breaking the color barrier, playing a role in gaining fair treatment for black people in society. It was during this time that Bob Love was also trying to overcome a personal battle - a lifelong stuttering disability. Despite his great success as a NBA superstar, Bob never had an endorsement deal and was hardly ever interviewed after games because he was unable to speak due to his stuttering problem. Bob dreamed of being able to speak to large audiences like his hero, Martin Luther King, Jr. When Love's basketball career ended, his opportunities seemed limited. He tried for seven years to find steady employment but his stutter made it impossible. He eventually found himself working a minimum-wage job in Seattle, where his employers helped him find a speech therapist who taught him to speak without stuttering. Now the Director of Community Affairs for the Chicago Bulls, Mr. Love fulfills his lifelong dream of speaking to audiences about the struggles he faced and his determination to overcome them.
The goal of Student Leadership Day is to increase awareness of the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights, challenging participants to think about lessons that can be learned from the past. Students learn strategies for raising awareness of human rights by standing up against the prejudice and indifference they encounter and by engaging in activities that promote respect, compassion, and understanding. Students are empowered to take actions and make a difference in their schools and communities.
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Because of the day’s full schedule and all we have to offer your students, it is essential that all participants arrive on time and stay until the conclusion of the program.
Generously Supported By
The Jacob J. Fink Charitable Foundation
The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is a partner in serving our community, supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.